Since I am out of town, I didn’t understand all these e-mails with !!!!!!!!!!! in the subject line flowing to my in-box. TA-DA! It appears Lakeshore Christmas (along with many other terrific books) and Fireside and RITA finalists. HMany, many thanks to the RWA & judges, and congrats to the other finalists. Winners will be announced this summer.

2010 RITA for Contemporary Single Title Romance Finalists

I am officially beside myself now.

Fireside by Susan Wiggs

Mira Books – Editor: Margaret O’Neill Marbury

Talk Me Down by Victoria Dahl
Harlequin Enterprises, HQN
Editor: Tara Parsons
ISBN: 978-0-373-77356-5

True Love and Other Disasters by Rachel Gibson
HarperCollins Publishers, Avon Books
Editor: Lucia Macro
ISBN: 978-0-061-57906-6

For the Love of Pete
by Julia Harper
Grand Central Publishing, Forever
Editor: Amy Pierpont
ISBN: 978-0-446-61918-9

Too Good to Be True
by Kristan Higgins
Harlequin Enterprises, HQN
Editors: Keyren Gerlach and Tracy Farrell
ISBN: 978-0-373-77355-8

A Little Night Magic by Joy Nash
Dorchester Publishing, Leisure Fiction
Editor: Alicia Condon
ISBN: 978-0-505-52693-9

Dirty Sexy Knitting by Christie Ridgway
Penguin Group USA, Berkley
Editor: Cindy Hwang
ISBN: 978-0-425-22829-6

Instant Attraction by Jill Shalvis
Kensington Publishing Corp., Brava
Editor: Kate Duffy
ISBN: 978-0-758-23123-9

2010 RITA for Novel with Strong Romantic Elements Finalists

Lakeshore Christmas by Susan Wiggs

Harlequin Enterprises, MIRA Books
Editor: Margaret O’Neill Marbury
ISBN: 978-0-778-32689-2
The Better Part of Darkness by Kelly Gay
Simon & Schuster, Pocket Books
Editor: Ed Schlesinger
ISBN: 978-1-439-10965-6

Scandal Sheet by Gemma Halliday
Dorchester Publishing
Editor Leah Hultenschmidt
ISBN: 978-0-505-52805-6

Red’s Hot Honky Tonk Bar by Pamela Morsi
Harlequin Enterprises, MIRA Books
Editor: Valerie Gray
ISBN: 978-0-7783-2729-5

The Lost Recipe for Happiness by Barbara O’Neal
Bantam Dell Publishing Group, Discovery
Editor: Shauna Summers
ISBN: 978-0-553-38551-9

Silent on the Moor by Deanna Raybourn
Harlequin Enterprises, MIRA Books
Editor: Valerie Gray
ISBN: 978-0-7783-2614-4

The Accidental Bestseller by Wendy Wax
Penguin Group USA, Berkley
Editor: Wendy McCurdy
ISBN: 978-0-425-22767-1

The Virgin’s Daughters: In the Court of Elizabeth I by Jeane Westin
Penguin Group, USA, NAL Trade
Editor: Ellen Edwards
ISBN: 978-0-451-22667-9